23 SES 13 JS, "Publish yet Perish": Philosophy of Education in an Age of Impact Factors
Joint Session with NW 13
The number of publications as well as their impact measured both in terms of the impact factor of the journal and in terms of the number of citations of the particular article in later years is deemed to be important indicators of the quality of research programs. In annual research reports, in the research assessment, and for promotion to (associate) professor numbers of publications, the h-factor and the amount of grant money obtained are used as criteria. These are challenging for philosophers of education as they are compared to colleagues within behavioral and social sciences, particularly psychologists (philosophers of education employed are part of Faculties of Behavioral and Social Sciences). For the upcoming research assessment of the domain of Education for the years 2006-2011, Harzing’s Publish or Perish (or Google Scholar) is used. The pros and cons of this system are discussed. The important question, however, is with whom Philosophers of Education will be compared. It is argued that in assessments (both of the research program, as well as of individual academics), philosophers of education should be compared to the colleagues of their international research community rather than to academics who conduct empirical research within the domain of education .
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